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KYRGYZSTAN: A HAUNTING VISIT

DISCOVERING MIN-KUSH — A GHOST TOWN ONCE AT THE HEART OF THE SOVIET NUCLEAR PROGRAMME.

It’s still dark as we leave the town that time forgot. Plumes of smoke rise from chimneys atop rows of faded blue wooden houses.

Remnants of an era when Min-Kush was the crown jewel of the Soviet Union’s nuclear programme. It’s a place once so shrouded in secrecy that it didn’t appear on maps. Today, the all-but-abandoned mining town seems destined to disappear from the atlas entirely.

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We grab our binoculars and set out to discover the awe-inspiring wildlife of India, scouting out the likes of Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos and snow leopards in some of the subcontinent’s most dramatic national parks. Elsewhere, we explore the winelands of southern Australia; cross the frozen frontier of the Antarctic Circle; and spend a long weekend in the city of Leeuwarden. Other highlights this issue include the Faroe Islands, Tel Aviv, Manhattan, Tokyo and Santiago, while our photo story takes in the fresh air and Alpine beauty of Switzerland.